Branson’s reputation as the, “the live music capital of the world” was recently reinforced. Branson was rated second in the category of “Most Music Events” in the 2nd Annual “Most Eventful Cities” report by Eventful.Com. Only one city, New York City, NY, had more music events than Branson. It ranked ahead of cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle, who ranked third through fifth respectively and Las Vegas which ranked a distant ninth behind Branson.
In an interview with Jordan Glazier, Eventful’s CEO, conducted via telephone on Dec. 18, he stated although he had heard about Branson he was surprised by the results. Glazier noted that no one from Eventful.Com had visited Branson in connection with the report and stated the results are purely quantitative and based on an analysis of the over 8 million events entered into Eventful’s data base.
The final rankings only consider raw numbers. Glazier said it is a simple ranking comparing the total number of musical events held during the reporting period in one city to those held in all other cities during the same period. He commented that no adjustments are made to the figures for population etc and went on to point out that Branson’s second place ranking was achieved because, during the reporting period, Eventful’s data base showed more than 24,425 music events had taken place in Branson.
According to Glazier, the report, in general, provides a unique perspective on the character of U.S. cities and the interests and activities of their residents. In talking about Branson specifically, Glazier indicated that his statement could be expanded to also include the activities and interests of the tourist that come to Branson.
Glazier describes Eventful.Com is an online community of more than 8 million members who share their events with each other. Those events run the gamut of everything from concerts, shows, and sporting events at the national level to children’s activities and events at the local level.
He pointed out that each event is entered by one of Eventful’s eight million members and there is no charge to enter an event. He did note however that some members may choose to promote and advertise their events beyond just the basic listing. In acknowledging that this is only the second year of the “Most Eventful Cities” report Glazier said the report is based on one of the largest data bases of local events in the world containing up to eight million events at any one time.
Furnished Courtesy of the Branson Daily Independent.